The employee must have a valid TN visa from a U.S. consulate to apply for TN admission at pre-flight inspection or a U.S. port of entry. An employee who already has a TN visa that will be valid on the date of arrival in the U.S. does not need to apply for a new TN visa.
To apply for a TN visa, the employee should visit the U.S. Department of State’s embassies and consulates website to view the visa application requirements and to make an appointment for a visa interview. It is best to try to apply at the U.S. embassy or consulate having jurisdiction over the place of residence, although they may apply at any U.S. embassy or consulate worldwide that allows TN visa applications from third-country nationals.
TN visa application requirements vary by consulates and embassies, and the employee should check directly with the specific U.S. consulate or embassy on the requirements for the visa application.
In general, TN visa applications must include:
- DS-160 nonimmigrant visa application confirmation page.
- Visa interview appointment confirmation page.
- Proof of payment of visa fees.
- Passport-style photo(s) that meet DOS nonimmigrant visa photo requirements.
- Valid passport.
- ASU offer letter and department support letter that include:
- Job description.
- Anticipated length of employment (duration may not exceed three years).
- Qualifications needed for the position.
- Terms of employment (salary, hours, worksite location, etc.).
- Evidence of any applicable licensure requirements for the position.
- Evidence of qualifications (such as diploma, transcript, foreign academic credential evaluation if applicable, CV, etc.).
- Any other documents required by the specific U.S. embassy or consulate.
Foreign nationals are required to have a valid TN visa (stamp on the passport) in order to enter the U.S. If the employee has any family members who will come to the U.S. as dependents, please view the TD outside the U.S. section below.
Foreign nationals are not guaranteed admittance to the U. S. A Customs and Border Protection officer at the port of entry will review all documents and ask about the reason for entry. These officers have the discretion to admit a person in TN status and any family members in TD status or refer them to a more detailed secondary inspection.
When the TN employee is admitted into the U.S., all documents should be returned and an admission date should be placed in the passport with the notation “TN” (worker) or “TD” (dependent) and a date indicating the period of authorized stay in the U.S. It is good practice to access and print the I-94 arrival record on CBP’s I-94 website. The admission stamp and the I-94 printout are proof of admission and legal immigration status in the U.S.
Foreign national employees and their family members should keep copies of their passport identification/expiration pages, visas, admission stamps and I-94 records permanently in case any of these documents are lost or stolen.